Leonard Mlodinow explains that great discoveries are the consequence of hard work and offers this sage advice:
“Even if we are not scientists, every day we are challenged to make judgments and decisions about technical matters like vaccinations, financial investments, diet supplements and, of course, global warming. If our discourse on such topics is to be intelligent and productive, we need to dip below the surface and grapple with the complex underlying issues. The myths can seduce one into believing there is an easier path, one that doesn’t require such hard work.”
Mlodinow is an interesting guy, here is his Wikipedia page.